NAACP chief: Marriage equality is a civil right

NAACP President Benjamin Jealous says he hopes the group's support of same-sex marriage will urge blacks to support marriage equality as a civil right if the question is put to voters on the ballot in Maryland or other states.

Jealous spoke about the resolution Monday at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People headquarters in Baltimore.

The NAACP's board voted on Saturday for a resolution in support of marriage equality.

Jealous noted that the civil rights organization has opposed laws barring gay marriage in the past. He says this resolution marks the first time the NAACP has made a full statement on marriage equality that goes beyond the circumstances of any single proposed law or state.